Analyzing Weakness

“I will rather glory in my weaknesses..”

Those words baffled me. How could someone seriously boast in his weakness?

Aren’t weaknesses detestable, even shameful? Doesn’t it devalue us as honorable respect-worthy humans? Shouldn’t we hate it, eliminate it, kill it, so that we may grow into maturity? Aren’t the purpose of all those leadership programs, motivational speeches, and self-development books, is so we can develop ourselves to be stronger persons? Shouldn’t the act of exposing, or even just talking about, our weakness make us defensive?

So how could Paul write those words?

Then, I started to imagine the alternative…

What if I don’t have weaknesses? What if I am perfect?

What would happen?

Would I be more Christ-like?

Or would I become conceited, very proud, and possibly, ditch my need for my Savior?

Countless times I pleaded with the Lord about my weakness — If he would just say the word and make my weaknesses disappear. But he said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (a paraphrase of 2 Corinthians 12:8-10)

It was when I was able to picture this that those seven words slowly started to become real inside me.

Praise God for our weaknesses!

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